About us

About us

Our mission

As the largest generation of young people in history approach their reproductive years, Marie Stopes International is working to expand access to contraception, safe abortion and reproductive health services to the hundreds of millions of women across the world who want to use contraception but can’t.

Working across 37 countries, we are scaling-up proven and sustainable social business models to reach this goal, and are determined to ensure that someday soon all women and men will be able to have children when they choose.

Our new strategy, Scaling-Up Excellence: Universal Access, One Woman at a Time, builds on the lessons we have learned from 40 years of providing contraception, safe abortion and reproductive health services in some of the world’s most challenging and restrictive environments.

Our vision: A world where every birth is wanted

Our mission: Children by choice, not chance

Our impact

Over the last 41 years, Marie Stopes International has provided life-changing sexual and reproductive healthcare to over 100 million people worldwide. In 2016, we delivered family planning, contraception, safe abortion and sexual health services to over 20 million women and men across 37 countries.

Globally, in 2015 the services we provided prevented an estimated:

7.6 million

unintended pregnancies

4.8 million

unsafe abortions

21,600

maternal deaths

How we work

Marie Stopes International operates as a social business, meaning we use business approaches to deliver social outcomes. But we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, we work hard to understand our clients and their unique challenges, tailoring our services and solutions accordingly.

Where we work

Marie Stopes International provides contraception and safe abortion services to millions of women and families across the world. Currently, there are 37 countries in our network of global partners.

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Where your money goes

This breakdown of spending is from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

94% Program delivery and support

Marie Stopes International has a commitment to deliver high quality and cost effective programming. Program delivery and support costs include 85% of costs that go directly to country programs to deliver products, services and training on the ground, as well as 9%, which go into quality clinical oversight, strong financial and grant management and regular program support.

4% Fundraising

We are at heart a social business that does not believe that charity and aid can be relied upon indefinitely. We self-fund some of our work by generating a surplus in clinic networks, such as in the United Kingdom and Australia. We also work to develop sustainable approaches, generating income where possible and working within existing health systems to leverage resources. For these reasons, we invest very little in fundraising when compared to other international development organisations.

2% Accounting and administration

As with any other business, there are administrative and accounting duties that must be done in support of our work, so we can continue to serve the women that need us most.

What your money can do

Your donation can have a significant impact on the lives of women and their families. It’s also a smart investment in improving global health outcomes, as family planning is one of the most cost-effective approaches to improving health1. Every dollar spent on family planning can save governments up to 6 dollars that can be spent on improving health, housing, water, sanitation, and other public services2. Furthermore, by allowing women to control their own fertility, there is reduced pressure on local environments and improved ability for local communities to adapt to climate change. For more detailed impact data and assessments, please explore our annual reports.

$20

Could provide a four-year contraceptive implant to a woman working in a garment factory in Cambodia, allowing her to earn an income and change the future for herself and her family.

$50

Could allow us to train a peer-educator in Myanmar to help educate hundreds of women each year about sexual and reproductive health.

$100

Could provide 20 women in Papua New Guinea with an IUD, giving them the opportunity to plan their family and dramatically improve their lives.

$500

Could provide an educational program for a whole village in Timor-Leste to help make women more aware of their reproductive health options.

Accreditation

Accredited by DFAT and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, Marie Stopes International Australia adheres to the ethical and operational principles stipulated by these two bodies.

DFAT logo (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Marie Stopes International Australia has been granted full accreditation from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is eligible for funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

The accreditation process aims to provide the Department and the Australian public with confidence that the Australian Government is funding professional, well managed, community- based organisations that are capable of delivering quality development outcomes.

Visit the DFAT website for more information.

ACFID Member logo (Australian Council for International Development)

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) unites Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty.

The ACFID Code of Conduct, to which members are bound, aims to improve the outcomes of international aid and development efforts, and to increase trust in the sector by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.

Marie Stopes International Australia is a certified member of ACFID.

Visit the ACFID website for more information.

Board of Directors

In Australia, we are registered as Marie Stopes International Australia, a non-profit tax deductible gift recipient with an independent board. Our board is made up of professionals from all walks of life. Each drawing on key experiences from a diverse background of corporate, not-for-profit and government contexts, our directors are all passionate about gender equality and motivated to help women across the world exercise their reproductive rights.

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Donors and partners

We work closely with existing private healthcare providers, governments, other aid agencies, academic institutions and NGOs. Together we deliver services, strengthen national health systems, provide training, improve health policies, and share expertise. All of this is essential for building sustainable services that will help people to safely manage their health, their families and their futures.

We’d like to thank those who support our work around the world. Whether that’s through gifts, grants, funding or technical assistance, your generous support helps us serve millions of people across the globe. Below is a small selection of our key development partners.

Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade logo
US Aid logo
UK Aid logo
UN OPS logo
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria logo
European Commission logo
UNFPA logo
Atlantic Philanthropies logo
DANIDA logo
GHSP logo
PNG Department of Health logo
Asian Development Bank logo
Oil Search Foundation logo
Women's Plans Foundation logo
Fudan University logo
Pou Chen Group Logo
3MDG logo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Donors and partners

We work closely with existing private healthcare providers, governments, other aid agencies, academic institutions and NGOs. Together we deliver services, strengthen national health systems, provide training, improve health policies, and share expertise. All of this is essential for building sustainable services that will help people to safely manage their health, their families and their futures.

We’d like to thank those who support our work around the world. Whether that’s through gifts, grants, funding or technical assistance, your generous support helps us serve millions of people across the globe. Below is a small selection of our key development partners.

References

  1. Singh, S et al (2009) Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning & Maternal & Newborn Health.
  2. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Family-Planning